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Title: Broadening Horizons
Subtitle: Constructing an Epistemology of Religious Belief
Author(s): AQUINO, Frederick D.
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 30 Issue: 3 Date: Fall 2005
This essay explores both the context and constructive possibilities of Newman’s emphasis on concrete, holistic reasoning in the Grammar of Assent, paying special attention to the influence of patristic thought on his own engagement with reductionistic accounts of rationality (e.g., evidentialism). An epistemology of religious belief thus construed focuses on the actual conditions of belief-formation and opens up new possibilities for connecting multiple dimensions of intellectual and spiritual life. In this sense, broadening epistemic horizons relocates epistemology from a thinly conceived self of paper logic to a thickly populated self in the concrete moments of human existence.